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Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Kawasaki bayou 220 engine repurpose?


I'm more of a welder/fabricator so i need your advice on maybe reusing the engine and some other bits and pieces from my Kawasaki bayou 220 to build my own small engine motorcycle. So is the engine sufficient for the speed and power needed? Can it even be done? I have many more questions but we can start here for now.

ANSWER: Hello. This sounds like it will be an interesting build. The engine is a 17HP so it will be powerful enough but not so sure on speed it would probably go about 45 MPH. It could be done you will just have to make motor mounts and support it right. Please ask more questions I am interested in helping you.

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QUESTION: Well could i fix the speed issue with gear ratio or will that take away from the HP too much and or strain the engine too much? And what i meant by can it be done is will it be able to be registered as a street legal vehicle... sorry for being vague.

ANSWER: Sorry for the long response, what state do you live in, I know in Maryland you can not do this.

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QUESTION: I live in Missouri

Yes, this is what you need to have in order to register it

Front headlight, visible form 500 feet

Rear taillight/brake light, visible from 300 feet, and must be able to be actuated from both front and rear brake levers.

Illuminated license plate bracket.  

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Zach Krouse


If it has anything to do with small engines I can fix it. I have fixed anything from Rear Engine Riders to Generators. I own a small engine repair shop and get slow at sometimes so why not help others fix there problems. No job is to big or to small.


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